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Moth - Tridentaforma fuscoleuca

Moth - Tridentaforma fuscoleuca
Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
February 19, 2014
Size: ~3mm
Found flying around manzanitas in sandy Burton Mesa chaparral habitat

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Moth - Tridentaforma fuscoleuca Moth - Tridentaforma fuscoleuca

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There appears to be a folded maxillary palp visible in this shot. That, combined with the shaggy head vestiture and the general size, shape, and coloration, would point to Tineidae, although I don't know which species it might be.

Not sure this will help, but the full size image is on flickr:

What about...
Could Tridentaforma fuscoleuca be a match? The association with manzanitas (in this case Arctostaphylos purissima) would fit too.

Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, Moths of Western North America
Looking up Tridentiforma fuscoleuca, the size is much larger than those I'm seeing, but the book says "Similar but appreciably smaller moths, which likely comprise a complex of species, occur widely in the western United States. They fly around manzanita (Arctostaphylos, Ericaceae) in early spring...". Maybe this is one of those?

I too rejected T. fuscoleuca on basis of the size disparity, but given the comments in the Powell and Opler book, I agree that your moth is either that species or something close and that it should be placed under T. fuscoleuca (at least until we know more about these moths).

Maybe something in the Gelechioidea?

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